4/22/2000 - You're
not missing anything yet. We've been playing with the different cameras.
About all we've learned is that Dad brings more crickets, beetles, and
lizards than rodents. This seems really odd given that last year
the owlets got four or five rodents a day for 2 or 3 weeks. I'll
get some still off of last year's video tape and put them up this weekend
so you can see. I have to wonder what the chicks will be fed this
year and if the rodent hunting is not up to par or if bugs are considered
good eating in the owl world. We're still expecting that incubation
is 21 days and we ought to see our first chick on 4/24/2000. We also
still believe that we'll know it's coming because Mom will cache food in
the box the night before the first chick is born. There's no cache
this morning, probably we should run the VCRs anyway...
11:00 PM - Nothing happened.
But, I put the camcorder out on the camera platofrm and left it running
for an hour. The owls in flight are still all motion blur, but the
stills are somewhat better:
That's Mom on the left and Dad on the right. Here's
a better shot of Mom:
I stood under the tree for quite a while and saw
Dad come and go, then Mom go and come. Neither of them flew directly
to the box. They flew to a nearby branch, waited several seconds,
then flew to the box. Dad first came at 8:15. It wasn't completely
dark, but dark enough so that all you could see was his silouette.